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Meet the board – Bet Muth, MBA

Bet Muth, MA, MBA, certified yoga instructor and organizational consultant

Roots.  My family moved from Baltimore to the Bay Area when I was 14, and I’ve lived most of my life in the East Bay since then.  The Girl Scouts introduced me to camping and I still love hiking in the East Bay Regional Parks.  I’ve studied and taught many mind-body practices, including Qi Gong, Tai Chi, energy-based bodywork, and currently Kundalini Yoga.

What got me going in conservation.  As a student at the University of Creation Spirituality, I was surprised to hear Matthew Fox say:  “Make no mistake about it, the most urgent issue of our time is the environment.”  Studying the New Cosmology enabled me to see and feel that everything in the Universe is connected.  I became a facilitator of the Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium.  A journey to the rainforest in Ecuador solidified my commitment to action on behalf of our planet.

Weed with smilesHow I met Green Sangha.  Attending the Environmental Forum of Marin’s 18-week Master Class, I teamed up with some classmates to start the Marin Food Scrap Recycling Task Force.  Our work in the Zero Waste movement made me aware of Green Sangha’s Rethinking Plastics campaign, and when I moved back to the East Bay I joined the local chapter.

What I like about Green Sangha.  Inspiring Awakened Action!  Being part of a community of citizen activists dedicated to restoring our sense of oneness.

What’s got me excited.  I’m very keen on Mindful Activism Training and the Low Carbon Diet groups.  I also hope to expand Green Sangha’s membership base.

Stuart Moody, program director

Director profile:  Stuart Moody, M.A., R.Y.T.

Roots.  My family grew up in the Berkeley Hills, one block from the Rose Garden and a child’s wonderland called Codornices Park.  Tilden Regional Park was a quick ride up the hill, and Pt. Reyes was not too far on a leisurely weekend.  Every summer we spent weeks in the Sierra Nevada, hiking, swimming, and playing on the shores of Lake Tahoe and Union Lake in Stanislaus National Forest.

What got me going in conservation.  Pure love of nature.  I couldn’t bear the thought of so much smoke in the sky that we couldn’t see the ridges of the Marin Headlands clearly, or the fact that San Francisco Bay was 2/3 its original size due to filling.  My first sense of environmental injustice came the day my friend Bill Swartz had to go home from Codornices because the smog was making it hard for him to breathe.

How I met Green Sangha.  Our family went to Fairfax for an Earth Day exhibit.  At an unstaffed table we found an action sheet on water conservation, some free faucet aerators, and a flyer describing spiritually-based activism.  “Meditation and the environment,” my wife said, “that sounds just like you.”

What I like about Green Sangha.  The people, the programs, the vision.  The Board’s commitment to working together makes planning and implementing a joy.  Green Sangha gets things done on the ground – restoring habitat, educating citizens, testifying to government agencies – in ways that are positive, pleasant, and persuasive.

What’s got me excited.  Implementing proven models for social change such as Eco-teams in the Low Carbon Diet and Resilient Neighborhoods.  Exploring deep ecology in our campaigns and retreats.  Bringing up the next generation of leaders through the Teen Environmental Leadership Academy.  Sharing the most amazing technology of all – somatic awareness and meditation – with eco-leaders, citizen activists, and civic officials from aides to city planners to state legislators.